Cultivated plants characteristic of the region have always grown on the lands of Hacienda el Lince. The estate has yielded ample food for its families over the centuries, with any surplus being sold, where possible. It is known that its owners have never used artificial fertilisers or additives in order to boost the hacienda’s yield. We are very lucky that the previous owners left us with such a pure environment that has not been artificially changed.
The current owners of Hacienda el Lince continue to pursue the traditions of organic management and keep their interference in plant production to a minimum. Our goal is not to achieve the maximum possible increase in yield, but to ensure that all of our crops are pure and healthy.
Since 2020, the almonds and olive oil produced at Hacienda el Lince have been on sale in both Spain and Estonia. In order to prove the purity of our products, we lodged an application in 2019 to be certified as an organic producer. After the required tests and procedures were carried out, our application was granted and Hacienda el Lince is now in the transition phase to obtaining the right to use the organic label on its products.
Olive and almond cultivation at Hacienda el Lince continues in the same way today as it has for years. Only natural substances are used in fertilisation and pest control. Accompanied by shepherds, large flocks of sheep traverse the slopes of Montes de Málaga, contributing to the cultivation of fruit trees. The sheep help to keep the land from becoming overgrown with grass, while their manure fertilises the soil. The wild boar that live in the mountains also have a role to play: although they can cause the farmers quite a bit of trouble at times, their large numbers help to loosen the soil and keep it fertilised. Households who keep bees in the Montes de Málaga region contribute to the pollination of fruit trees.
Almonds and olives are harvested at Hacienda el Lince in the same way they have been for hundreds of years. The fruit is harvested by shaking the trees or picking them by hand. Even though this method is more time-consuming and the yield is somewhat smaller, harvesting mostly by hand ensures better quality for the final products.
Food cultivated in a pure and loving way is something worth striving for!